Leeds Diary Dates: November 2016

October has been a whirlwind month for me. I’ve been a bit absent from my blog – which I discussed here – but the time away has felt necessary, and after a particularly relaxed weekend last week I finally feel ready to up my game again. My trip to Porto in October marked my last holiday of the year which has given me the drive I needed to plan a few extra activities and trips around the UK, and there are so many exciting events going on in Leeds in the run-up to Christmas that I hardly know what to choose. There’s no way I’m going to get to all of them, but these are my top picks for what to go to in November. Continue reading

Bonfire Night at Woodhouse Moor

I’m going to share an opinion that I sense is pretty controversial in the blogger world. I’m really not that into Halloween. I don’t really enjoy fancy dress, I’m not arty enough to do amazing gory make up, and usually Halloween comes and goes while I’m laying low at home waiting for it to blow over. For me, the real party is a week later, on Bonfire Night. I love everything about Bonfire Night – I love fireworks, the fire, the smoky smell in the air, and I even love the treacle toffee that almost rips my teeth out.

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I also love Woodhouse Moor. Although Roundhay Park is hailed as Leeds’ best bonfire, for me it’s always looked too crowded and way too much effort. Woodhouse Moor is my tradition – when I was little my parents and their friends used to go together with all their kids, and although all the kids have now grown up and dispersed, I still take myself to Woodhouse Moor every year and feel just as excited as when I was 6.

Last year my friend and I went for a meal before heading to the fireworks, drank a bottle of wine in a very short space of time, and drastically misjudged how long it would take us to walk to Hyde Park Corner, resulting in us being only just on time and watching the fireworks go off from the road. This year I made no such mistake, and got there just after the fire had been lit to secure a good spot. I don’t know if it was just my improved viewpoint, but this year’s display seemed much better than I remember last year’s being. The fireworks look pretty good on the pictures anyway…

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Where did everyone else spend Bonfire Night? Let me know where your favourite display is!